22 July 2014

5 miles up...5 miles down.

This past long weekend was the 10th anniversary of a wonderful hiking trip to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee which Matthew, Oliver and I have had the pleasure of participating in three times. Well ok Oliver twice, once in utero and once as a toddler. It truly is such a joy to be able to reconnect with great friends, share stories and laugh harder than I have in months. So below you will find a bundle of pictures documenting our time there. It was worth every step up and down that mountain...

click through to see all about our adventure.

17 July 2014

love it: good for a belly laugh

ok so we all know and love Maddie the coonhound aka Maddie on things. That loveable sweet doggy who must be the most patient dog on this Earth.  She stands on things and wears things that no other dog will. I love the random, idiosyncratic feel of the site and it is always good for a giggle. So let me introduce you to, Will it Beard! A guy with and impressive beard and he sticks all kinds of things in it, on it and videos some of them! I spent way too much of Oliver's nap time yesterday going through all of the images and seriously laughing out loud. truly amazing stuff in my book. I mean just scroll down and check out the Lego beard, what?!

I'm obsessed and I have added it to my Instagram feed. I highly recommend you do the same. 

all images via Will it Beard

16 July 2014


can you believe how much older he looks with his new haircut? i cannot get over it. he looks so handsome and he looks so mature. it really is amazing how a haircut can transform your baby into a mini man. 
I'm still mourning the loss of my pictures and I am slowly rebuilding my arsenal of images.
buddies at the park. we are so lucky to live in a neighborhood with a fabulous park and have so many friends within a walking distance. 

14 July 2014

Make it: a backup of a backup of a backup...

you know that saying, you don't know how good it is until it's gone? well that is how I feel today. my phone has been acting funny. quitting apps, hanging up phone calls, generally being lethargic.

but when the phone would not even turn on, I took it into the Apple store. they looked at it. plugged it in. got it to start and then said that yes, it was acting quite odd and they were not sure how to fix it. ahhh! the Genius Bar folks were stumped. not a good sign.

So they took my sad little phone into the back and decided that they only way to fix what ailed it was to wipe it clean. Restart the whole system and not keep anything. ok, sounds simple enough but then they told me that I would not be able to get my pictures off because the problem lies in the software.


so I have the whole iCloud thing but that did not cover all  of them. there were some lovely recipe pictures and adorable family pictures on other applications that could not be saved. oh my. so the sad bit is that I lost some, ok a lot of pictures.

but it has spurred my on to try and get as many pictures as I can off of the magical Cloud and my phone and my computer and print them. I want to keep them gosh darn it and I had gotten lazy thinking that I could just do it another day or week. but you never know when your phone or computer will just decide to quit and even if you have a backup you may loose something that you will miss.

I guess the good thing is that they fixed my phone. and wow, is it sad how disconnected I felt without a phone in my pocket. now that is perhaps something to work on as well, on another day.

ps. how cute is Oliver, intently staring at his faux iPhone, it is a mini chalkboard and the earbuds are erasers but he shoved them in his ears, silly bug.

10 July 2014

Love it:beautiful books!

As if I needed another reason to love Anna Bond's Rifle Paper Co. products she went and designed covers for some amazing classic tales. Aren't they amazing? I adore the Little Women, so sweet. 

09 July 2014


hot summer days call for popsicles. I have been using Trader Joe's pomegranate limeade in our Zoku popsicle maker. Oliver loves them!  

Continue reading for more pictures of summer days...

08 July 2014

taste it:farmer's market

this has to be one of the best things about living in Cambridge. In the Summer time just about every day of the week there are farmer's markets around the area. So on the hot and muggy afternoons of Summer I am trying to make a point to get over to the farmer's markets to procure my produce for dinners. Last week Oliver and I braved the blacktop and went to the Central Square Farmer's Market. Man, it was roasty toasty but well worth it for the tasty sugar snap peas and heirloom tomatoes, Oliver nibbled and snacked the entire time on sugar snap peas!  So even though I live in a mostly urban environment I grew up with spacious backyards and home grown vegetables, especially the sugar snap peas from my friend Abby's house! Therefore I really enjoy gathering the local produce and supporting the local farms that come into town. Get away from the grocery store bins and investigate the local produce, I promise you will not be disappointed. 

carrots and zucchini squash by the barrel! 

yes! look at all of those sugar snap peas! I adore them. 

so does Oliver! 

heirloom tomatoes! aren't they beautiful! Oliver picked out ours, it was a glorious yellow one. it was delightful on a salad that evening.